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Principal Consultant SAP

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Centrica has an exciting opportunity for a Principal SAP Consultant to join our team working on cutting edge SAP programmes.

The Principal SAP Consultant will be the lead qualified professional in their team function and recognised as a subject matter expert for implementation, development and design for SAP systems

You will: 

  • Be accountable for the performance of complex assignments that require expertise in excess of taught principles and the development of complex innovative technical solutions 
  • Provide leadership for Developers & Senior Developers on projects/programmes throughout delivery phase 
  • Establish governance, process and best practice methods for development activities 
  • Create and provide governance on implementation architecture and design principles and approaches applied to technology area 
  • Influence implementation policy with partners and software companies in line with IS strategy 
  • Create and utilise Out of the Box solutions, promote and enforce usage within design & development 
  • Design and develop high quality and performant software that addresses business requirements whilst adhering to coding standards 
  • Delivery of on-going efficiencies and improvements across the development function 
  • Design, develop and maintain core framework components 
  • Provide support to Developers & Lead Developers 
  • Represent Centrica at various technology conferences and bring enhanced expertise back to the team and sharing expertise with wider community 
  • Establish governance, process and best practice methods for IT services activities

The Role

1. Planning

  •  Responsible for prioritising and managing own workload, and others as required 
  • Maintains standards and sets design patterns and implementation approach for projects/programmes to follow and adhere to 
  • Provide direction to Architects on how the vendor technology roadmap should be mapped and implemented according to the business strategy 
  • Drive the development of the technical roadmaps into design policies

2. Financial Responsibilities

  •  Works to define a costed and prioritised programme of systems development which supports the organisation’s objectives and strategic plans

3. Operational Responsibilities

  •  Accountable for implementation design principles that leverage best practice and focus on Out of the box solutions to meet business requirements and maintains integrity of systems 
  • Responsible for setting standards for programming tools, techniques, methods and best practice 
  • Supports the assessment of system requirements, identifying and addressing any potential issues prior to implementation 
  • Provides direction and guidance on new and existing development frameworks taking into account considerations for the future
  • Actively pursues technology trends and incorporates into the technology roadmap 
  • Provides guidance and support to Head of/Development Managers/Leads & Solution Architects 
  • Evaluates impact analysis on major design options and proposes approach and implementation strategy 
  • Completes development deliverables in a timely manner and to the appropriate level of quality so that the delivered solutions are fit-for purpose, can be efficiently supported and the impact of future change requests can be assessed 
  • Inputs into plans for Technical Verification/Regression testing plans, as required 
  • Ensures peer reviews and unit tests are prepared and executed for their own work to the appropriate standards 
  • Uses understanding and knowledge of budgetary and estimation process to provide effort estimates for own work required to develop software 
  • Creates and updates application documentation according to documentation standards 
  • Follows change control procedures and puts in place full version control and configuration management to ensure that the production service is not compromised 
  • Ensures compliance with statutory and company procedures, including security policies 
  • Drives and contributes to retrospectives and lessons learnt exercises to move the organisation forward and improve the quality of deliverables 
  • Identifies and implements opportunities to improve development standards, processes and tools 
  • Maintains an understanding of relevant industry trends and current knowledge of the technology deployed in the business area 
  • Knowledge of IT service management and ITIL framework

4. Stakeholders 

  • Sets up and maintains strong relationships with business & IS stakeholders by effectively managing expectations and inspiring confidence in delivery 
  • Builds, maintains and grows relationships externally with partner organisations to ensure best use of technology for Centrica plc

5. Leadership and People Management (or Teamwork)

  •  Coach, motivate, energise, lead and inspire fellow team members 
  • Provides thought leadership to the wider IS community around new technologies

6. Business Development

  •   Being ambassador for Out of the Box solutions working with Centrica key software vendors (Microsoft, SAP), ODC partners as well as influencing Utilities stakeholders

7. Industry Advocates

  • Presenting Centrica externally at Industry events, conferences and forums, influencing strategy and adoption to meet with Centrica key objectives

The Person

In depth Functional and technical Experience in key modules within SAP Modules 

  • Experience working in one or more of the latest SAP core and cloud capabilities including: S/4 HANA Enterprise, S/4 HANA Finance, Ariba, SAP Cloud Platform, Hybris, Hybris billing, Hybris as a Service (YaaS), C4C 
  • In depth knowledge of application life cycle management, middleware, synchronisation, security frameworks 
  • Substantial experience in leading large and complex solutions in SAP and business and IS engagement to get the SAP standard solutions 
  • Significant experience in IT implementations in SAP 
  • Educated to Degree 1st/2nd class honours or equivalent experience 
  • Technical Experience in key domains like online, digital, apps, CRM, Billing, Smart, ERP 
  • Significant experience in leading large and complex solutions in SAP and business and IS engagement to get the SAP standard solutions 
  • Significant experience in IT implementations in SAP 
  • Deep functional and technical experience in SAP modules and future SAP road map modules. 
  • In depth knowledge of application life cycle management, middleware, synchronisation, security frameworks 
  • Performance and tuning experience 
  • In depth experience of Object oriented development and techniques 
  • In depth experience of Relational databases (Oracle, SQL Server etc…) and future trends in DB (noSQL, HANA etc). 
  • Functional knowledge in key domains processes 
  • Substantial post implementation experience in IT services management 
  • Professional with substantial work experience and significant technical expertise/education or ability to apply specific departmental knowledge to complex and diverse issues. E.g. responsible for integrating relatively homogenous activities 
  • Experience within Utilities / Telco 
  • Wider technical and functional knowledge in utilities/telco domains

The Company

Centrica plc, a FTSE 100 company, has operations in UK, North America and Europe. With 30+ million customer-product relationships, Centrica's vision is to become the leading integrated supplier of energy and related services for its chosen markets and maximise value to shareholders. Centrica's brand names include British Gas, Direct Energy (North America). At Centrica, our purpose is to help people today and secure energy for tomorrow.

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Agencies: Centrica operate a preferred supplier arrangement, however if you wish to be considered at the next review session please submit a brief overview of your capability to PSL@centrica.com.